FAIRFAX, Va. (May 1, 2010) - George Mason University overcame a 36-point deficit on day two of the Virginia 529 College Savings Plan 2010 CAA Men's Track and Field Championship to claim its first men's title in 15 years.
The Patriots won the championship with 215 points, besting the William & Mary (186 points) by 29 points. The Tribe have been runner-up four years in a row, and UNC Wilmington took third (154 points) ending its three-year run as champions.
Mason won a total of eight events during the championship. Two titles came in field events with junior Dwight Webley (Kingston, Jamaica) winning the long jump with a leap of 24' 9.5" (7.56m) and sophomore LaVell Handy (Hampton, Va.) taking the triple jump in 49' 1.75" (14.98m). On the track, Mason won the 1,500 meters, 400 meters, 100 meters, 800 meters, 200 meters and the 4x400 meter relay.
The Patriots took the top-five spots in the 400-meter dash with freshman David Verburg (Lynchburg, Va.) winning in 46.27 seconds. They all placed five in the top-eight in the 200-meter dash with sophomore Ja-Vell Bullard (Hampton, Va.) crossing the line first in 21.07 seconds to take the individual title.
UNC Wilmington Senior Devon Watlington (Fayetteville, N.C.) was named the championship's Most Outstanding Track Athlete after finishing with victories in the 110 meter hurdles in 14.31 seconds and the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 52.84. He also ran the second leg on the Seahawks' 4x400 relay that was runner-up.
Northeastern senior Nate Hunter (Gloucester, Mass.) earned the championship's Most Outstanding Field Athlete honor for the second-straight year after becoming a four-time CAA champion in the shot put after a throw of 60' 2.5" that ranks second all-time at the CA meet. He also finished second in the discus with a toss of 147' 2.9".
Men's Track & Field Final Standings (21 events scored):
|1. George Mason||215|
|2. William & Mary||186|
|3. UNC Wilmington||154|
|7. Georgia State||12|